Jürgen Klopp appeared before the media on Tuesday before the match that measures Liverpool and AC Milan on Wednesday in the group stage of the Champions League. The German coach once again showed his spontaneity and not only spoke about the previous match, but also dared to give his opinion on the final of the women's US Open and the impact of the victory of Emma Raducanu at 18 years old in British sport.
The Liverpool manager confessed that he saw the entire US Open women's final and was impressed by the performance of both Raducanu and Leylah Fernández. “I watched the game, the final, and it was absolutely incredible. It had been a long time since I had seen an entire tennis match and it had also been a long time since I had seen an entire match of women's tennis. I was blown away by the power and speed in the game. I think women in tennis are going through a brilliant time. These two girls are 18 and 19 years old and what they showed blew me away during the game and afterwards when I saw the trophy ceremony and interviewed them. How they spoke with only 18 and 19 years! It's really inspiring, actually, even more than tennis has already inspired us. “
Klopp also publicly applauded the sportsmanship they showed both during and after the match despite the youth of both players and hopes that Raducanu and Fernández will continue to reissue their duels on the women's circuit. “I was very impressed with the way both players presented themselves to each other. Fernandez was disappointed that she lost the match, that's true, even though she stayed very close, and Emma showed a lot of respect for her. They know and hope they can. meet again frequently and in many more finals and I wish you that too. They have been a great example of sportsmanship in the elite of the sport, how humble you can be when you are young and on top of the world, even if it has only been a few hours, and they have. It was something very nice. “
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However, the highest praise for Klopp was directed to the feat achieved by Emma Raducanu, where the German coach highlighted the hard work behind so that the British was proclaimed champion of the US Open. “I don't know much about the history of tennis, but when you are 18 years old and you are able to win the US Open, something that happens every 10 or 15 years, it is very hard work because it is something that does not usually happen. Emma Raducanu is, undoubtedly the talent of the century, but without hard work it would not have been possible for him to be there. He worked hard and now he's in a moment where you can see him smile during games, it's the most beautiful thing he could imagine. I will see a lot more women's tennis from now on, without a doubt, more than I have in recent years. “